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PROOFREADING, REVISING, & EDITING SKILLS SUCCESS in 20 Minutes a Day

 
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The key to developing and improving your writing is to commit to the revision process, which involves both editing and proofreading your work. In this book, you will learn, understand, and apply the principles of grammar and how to manipulate your words until they fit just right. The introductory diagnostic test will help you find your strengths and weaknesses; the examples and models throughout will provide you with benchmarks for your own work; and the post-test will help you measure what you have learned. Follow the easy 20-step process to strengthen your proofreading, revising, and editing skills and become a clear and consistent writer. This book will help you

- understand the writing process
- create sentence variety and avoid awkward sentences
- shape paragraphs and use transitions
- establish a personal writing style
- use active language and proper subject-verb agreement
- check capitalization, punctuation, and spelling
- differentiate commonly confused words and eliminate cliches
- develop an eye for editing and learn to revise accordingly

TABLE of CONTENTS

Introduction - How to Use This Book
Pretest
Lesson 1: Understanding the Writing Process
Lesson 2: Writing Sentences
Lesson 3: Avoiding Awkward Sentences
Lesson 4: Creating Sentence Variety
Lesson 5: Shaping Paragraphs
Lesson 6: Using Transitions
Lesson 7: Establishing a Writing Style
Lesson 8: Turning Passive Verbs into Active Verbs
Lesson 9: Making Sure Subjects and Verbs Agree
Lesson 10: Making Sure Nouns and Pronouns Agree
Lesson 11: Using Modifiers
Lesson 12: Checking Capitalization and Spelling
Lesson 13: Punctuating Sentences
Lesson 14: Using Commas
Lesson 15: Using Semicolons and Colons
Lesson 16: Using Apostrophes in Plurals and Possessives
Lesson 17: Using Quotation Marks
Lesson 18: Using Hyphens, Dashes, and Ellipses
Lesson 19: Checking for Commonly Confused Words and Cliches
Lesson 20: Putting It All Together
Post-Test
Appendix A: Proofreading Symbols
Appendix B: Additional Resources




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